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From fall festivals and fishing tournaments to epic sunsets and unique activities, there are tons of reasons why fall is the best season to visit 30A. And while we could write a novel on all our favorite to-dos, we’ve painstakingly narrowed it down to our top four. So, whether you’re planning your fall break, considering a Thanksgiving holiday at the beach, or just looking for a quick weekend getaway to enjoy the bright emerald waters and white sandy shores, we know once you visit 30A in the fall, you’ll understand why it’s the best time of the year for a beach vacation.

As you read on, remember when it comes to planning your beach vacation, finding the perfect home for your stay is sometimes the hardest part. At 30A Luxury Vacations, we take the work out of it by offering you immaculate homes and condos, concierge services, and round-the-clock availability. Once you experience luxury living, you’ll never go back. When you’re ready to book your 30A fall vacation, head over to our rentals page and find your perfect home away from home.

More Authentic Experiences

One of the best things about visiting 30A in the fall is fewer crowds. You’ll find it easier to get into restaurants, and there’s more space at the beach, so you don’t have to worry about your view being blocked by umbrellas and beach wagons. For those who appreciate a good trivia night, head to Beach Camp Brewpub on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm. With locations in Destin Harbor and Grayton Beach, you’re sure to find one close to your vacation rental. While you’re there, enjoy delicious pub fare and sample their craft beers. Baytowne Wharf also hosts weekly events like their Wednesday night concert series, which showcases local music in a relaxed atmosphere. When you visit 30A in the fall, live like a local with these activities.

From Farmers Markets to Fall Menus

Fall is a great time for foodies to visit 30A. With multiple year-round farmers markets, you can enjoy a variety of fall produce and specialty items like jams, pumpkin pies, and more as you explore the booths of local vendors and artisans. Local restaurants also get into the fall spirit with seasonal menus. From butternut squash risotto to charred seasonal vegetables served with perfectly crusted Gulf-fresh fish, the region’s flavors come alive in the restaurants of 30A. Additionally, if you find yourself visiting during Thanksgiving, you’ll find many restaurants offer special holiday menus; some even provide catering services, so you can enjoy a holiday feast right in your vacation rental. To keep up with the seasonal offerings available during your visit, check out Our Favorite Restaurants in 30A.

Fall Festivals

There’s no shortage of fall festivals in 30A, ensuring there’s always something to do during your visit. The Seeing Red Wine Festival in Seaside is an annual event that attracts wine connoisseurs from all over the country. With featured wines, expertly paired dinners, and this year, the festival’s first-ever sommelier, attendees are guaranteed to have a memorable festival experience.

The fun doesn’t stop at the wine festival, though! The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a month-long angling adventure for amateurs and pros alike. Baytowne Wharf’s Beer Festival provides another opportunity to sample the best in craft beverages and specialty bites. And, if you’re willing to make a short drive, the 60th Annual Florida Seafood Festival is just two hours away and offers a weekend full of music, parades, crab races, and, of course, delicious seafood.

Unique Outdoor Activities

Fall in 30A offers a range of outdoor activities that take advantage of the season's cooler weather. For those interested in a different kind of water activity, Glow Paddle offers guided nighttime kayak tours. These tours use innovative clear-bottom kayaks equipped with waterproof LED lights, making for a unique and family-friendly experience under the stars.

The cooler temperatures also make fall the ideal time for hiking. Grayton Beach State Park is a local favorite, and routes like their one-mile nature trail offer a great way to explore the area's natural beauty without the summer heat. Beach bonfires are also popular during this time and make for picture-perfect smores-filled memories with the family.

The fall also means later sunrises, so you don't have to be an early bird to catch the dawn. Enjoy your coffee in the cool fall mornings as you sit on the balcony of your Gulf-facing vacation rental and watch for dolphins playing in the distance. In the evenings, visitors also get the rare treat of seeing the sun set directly over the Gulf. Whereas in the summer, the sunsets fall over land, visiting in the fall makes for some incredible photo ops you won’t catch any other time of the year.

Your Perfect Fall Getaway Vacation Rental

As you plan your fall vacation to 30A, remember that finding the perfect rental can make all the difference. At 30A Luxury Vacation Rentals, we offer luxury homes and condos that will elevate your experience and truly make it a vacation to remember. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to our rentals page and get ready to understand why fall is the best time to visit 30A.